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Title: Survey of Program Models of Christian Community Computer Centers

Survey of Program Models of Christian Community
Computer Centers
  • Andrew Sears
  • Executive Director
  • TechMission 617.282.9798
  • About TechMission and AC4
  • Survey of Models for Using Technology in Youth
  • Survey of Models for Using Technology in Programs
    with Adults
  • Additional Resources and Assistance from
    TechMission and AC4

TechMission, Inc.
  • TechMission, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with the goal of
    supporting Christian computer centers through two
    program areas
  • Association of Christian Community Computer
    Centers (AC4) supporting Christian CTCs across
    the world through an association model (currently
    with over 560 member organizations)
  • TechMission Boston Program supporting Christian
    Community Technology Centers (CTCs) in the
    greater Boston area through direct program
    support with plans to replicate in other cities
    (LA and Chicago)

Our Mission
  • Mission to support Christian community computer
    centers across the world as they address the
    Digital Divide by providing others with computer
    skills to make a living and a spiritual
    foundation to make a life

Locations of AC4 Members
AC4 Member Site Statistics
  • Combined Technology Program Budgets 16,551,798
  • Participants Served in Tech Programs 108,865

Numbers reflect annual budgets and number of
participants each year and are based on self
reporting of AC4 member sites.
TechMission Boston Program
  • Program operated by TechMission and partners
    across six sites in Boston
  • Provides at-risk high school students with
  • SAT preparation class to over 200 students
  • MCAS preparation class to 175 students
  • Academic tutoring and support
  • College planning and preparation
  • Computer classes to over 350 adults

What is a Christian Community Computer Center?
  • Definition of Christian Community Computer
    Centers any ministry using computers as an
    outreach to serve the community

Christian Community Computer Centers
Models for Integrating Faith with Tech Holistic
Programs involving Tech
  • Over 75 of AC4 members primary model is to
    integrate technology as part of holistic program
  • After School and Teen Programs
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Jobs Programs
  • Adult Basic Education, GED or ESL Program
  • Faith and spiritual development are one component
    of holistic development
  • It is often very hard to separate faith out from
    other components in a holistic program (i.e. in a
    rehab program)

Models for Integrating Faith with Tech Computer
Classes and Tech Programs
  • About 25 of AC4 sites operate technology
    programs that are operated distinct from other
    programs and may take the following approaches to
    integrating faith
  • No faith in tech program, but provide information
    on other optional activities involving faith
  • No faith in tech program, but offer optional
    Bible study before or after classes
  • Open class time with prayer requests
  • Include faith as part lesson for computer classes
  • Require listening to a mini-sermon or
    participating Bible study to participate in
    computer classes

Models for Using Technology in Youth Programs
K-8 After School Technology Activities
  • Model provide tech time in existing after
    school program
  • Integrate computers with other activities in
    after school program
  • Black History Month, Scan in Art, Themes
  • Project based learning works best
  • Teaching software does not work without a goal
  • Need to split age groups (k-8 into 2 or 3 age
  • Music Mixing and Video Production works well with
    older kids (4-12th grade)

K-8 Computer Aided Learning in After School
  • Compass Learning Odyssey Program
  • Provides Web based testing and lessons for k-12
    youth based on state standards.
  • Provides ability to diagnose individual student
    learning deficiencies and reports for groups of

Computer Aided Learning in High School Programs
  • TestU (
  • Provides Web based testing and lessons for 9-12
    grade youth to pass state assessment exams and to
    do well on SAT and ACT exams
  • Provides ability to diagnose individual student
    learning deficiencies and reports for groups of
  • Alternative option is
  • College preparation and future planning
  • http//

Other Program Models for Youth
  • Computer Club
  • Meet for tech projects or field trips
  • Media, Music Mixing and Video Production
  • Hip Hop eJay (
  • Acid Music (
  • Youth Run Business
  • Web Design, Graphics Design, T-Shirts, etc.
  • Example

Teen Volunteer and Intern Programs
  • Youth Volunteers Duties
  • Assist with classes
  • Youth Staff Duties
  • Supervise walk-in center and fix computers
  • Assist with classes
  • Work in Web Design Business
  • Learn on the job and through self study
  • Discipleship all youth staff have regular time
    of discipleship and leadership training

Educational and Edutainment Software
  • Jumpstart Series
  • Provides educational games for kids ages k-6
  • Web-Based Educational Games
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  • Encyclopedia Africana by Microsoft
  • Provides the most complete encyclopedia of
    African and African American information

Helpful Sites for Youth Ministers in General
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Models for Using Technology for Programs with
Becoming a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist
(MOS) Testing Center
  • Provide Certification in Microsoft Office
  • Costs 495 to become a certified testing center
  • comes with 10 tests practice software
  • Additional tests are 50 each
  • To sign up call Alex McCabe at DDC Training
    Services (800-528-3897 ext. 315)
  • ask for their application and order form to
    become an iQ Testing Center for MOUS Exams

Other Certification Programs
  • A Certification in Computer Hardware and Tech
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE)
  • Cisco Certification

Computer Aided Learning for Adults GED Training
  • Innovative Learning Systems Nova
  • American Guidance Service
  • Aztec Software
  • McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
  • Plato Learning System
  • Steck-Vaughn
  • Merit Software

Model for Computer Classes
  • Classes can easily be taught by volunteers
  • Get more advanced students to assist in classes
  • One instructor, 2-4 assistants and 10-20 students
  • Classes are taught with instructor using LCD
  • Classes can be as little as once a week (good for
    most volunteers) with homework students do during
    the week
  • Typing can be taught with minimal instruction
    using supervised, scheduled time with Mavis
    Beacon Teaches Typing
  • Curriculum/lesson plans available at

Sample Office Track
Intro to Computers
Intro to the Internet
Overview of Computers
Intermediate Word
Intro to Excel
Advanced Level
Word Certification
Excel Certification
(or start Track for Multimedia)
Establish Basic Computer Knowledge highly
employable in office jobs, administrative
assistant and temp work
Sample Multimedia/Advanced Track
Digital Music Studio
Curriculum for Computer Classes
  • TechMission Manual contains curriculum for Intro
    to Word and Excel
  • AC4 has dozens of additional lesson plans for
    teaching computers at
  • Includes Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc.
  • Includes lessons for youth and adults
  • Using Theology to Teach Technology by Clemmie
  • Find more at http//

Walk In Computer Center
  • Provide walk-in computer access to the community
  • Low cost way to serve the community
  • Have Interns Serve as Lab Monitors for Assistance

TechMission Leadership Development Model
  • Students take a computer class then become
  • Assistants who then assist in teaching a class
    and may take advanced classes and then become
  • Instructors who then teach a class and train
    assistants and may become
  • Interns who help run programs and teach classes

Basis of TechMission Leadership Development Model
  • People Remember
  • 10 of what they read
  • 20 of what they hear
  • 30 of what they see
  • 50 of what they see and hear
  • 70 of what they discuss with others
  • 80 of what they experience personally
  • 90 of what they teach to someone else

From psychologist William Glasser
Recruiting Volunteers
  • Make announcements in other Churches for Tech
  • Computer Ministries
  • Computer ministries are teams of volunteers from
    churches or staff that support community computer
  • Online volunteer recruitment
  • Like online job posting for volunteers
  • No way to limit inquiries to Christians only
  • Register opportunities at,, and

TechMission Volunteer Training Model
  • Have required volunteer training each semester
  • Three parts of training
  • Program Overview and Vision Setting
  • Explain what we do, and the motivation to build
  • Details of program and expectations of
  • Train the Trainer
  • Provides basics needed for teaching and being
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry Training
  • Required each semester for all volunteers

Getting Additional Resources from TechMission and
Benefits of AC4 Membership Training
  • Training through our national and regional tech
    conferences, workshops and conference calls
  • TechMission Manual 60 page manual for operating
    Tech Programs including curriculum and capacity
    building materials
  • Information and curriculum available to members
    only on our Website
  • Free electronic subscription to Christian
    Computing Magazine

Benefits of AC4 Membership Community
  • Conferences regional and national
  • Regional Chapters for regional collaboration
  • Volunteer Network recruit volunteers for members
    through AC4s website
  • E-mail List with over 700 participants
  • Contact List of Christian Computer Centers

Benefits of AC4 Membership Resources
  • Subgrants and Intensive Technical Assistance
    totaling 750,000 (through the C4T Project in CA,
    IL and MA)
  • Discounted Gifts in Kind Membership providing
    access to over 800 million in product donations
  • Advocacy for members to foundations, corporations
    and government initiatives
  • Equipment Assistance in securing computer and
    hardware donations
  • Consulting on starting and growing a computer
    center and Web Design

How to Join AC4
  • Sign up for membership at
  • Membership cost
  • 20 per year for organizations with budgets over
  • 50 per year for organizations with budgets over

TechMission Conferences
  • TechMission National Technology and Ministry
    Conference October 27-28, 2004 in Atlanta
  • TechMission West Coast Regional Technology and
    Ministry Conference June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles
  • TechMission Northeast Regional Technology and
    Ministry Conference March 2005 in Boston

AC4 Members, Chapters and Program Sites
AC4 Member Sites
AC4 Chapter Sites
TechMission Program Sites
Other Information Resources and Networks
  • Community Technology Centers Network
  • CTCNet is the secular counterpart organization to
  • Christian Computing Magazine
  • International Conference on Computing and
    Missions (
  • Youth Learn
  • Provides manual and E-mail list for youth and
  • Compumentor
  • Provides technology information to non-profits

Digital Divide
Computer Literacy and Jobs